16 & 17 September 2017 in Putney Bridge

Comida Fest Summer Season 2017
Date: 16 and 17 September 2017
Times: Sat 11-20h and Sun 11-18h
Location: Events Circle, Bishops Park, Fulham Avenue, London, SW6 6EA
FREE ENTRY

Comida Fest Summer Season gets to a glorious end after Greenwich and Tower Bridge, we sailed west and arrived in Putney Bridge as part of the official programme of Totally Thames Festival. Be ready to try the exquisite and authentic street food and cocktails from Latin America, listen and dance to great music performances and enjoy fun activities for all ages.

There is still time to get lucky and win a trip to Colombia for 2 people! Check our website on www.comidafest.com/competition and sign up soon! The winner will be announced on the last dayof Comida Fest Summer Season 17 September.

Programme

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Saturday 16 Sept.
11:00h - 20:00h

Today we celebrate the independence of Mexico, but in the month of September we also celebrate Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Chile, Honduras and Belize’s independence. And Comida Fest closes the Summer Season in the best fiesta style with attractions from many places in Latin America.

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11:00h - 18:00h
Kids: Face painting
£5

Comida Fest SS17 Greenwich all-290Gilda Silva is from Brazil and will bring the tropical colours and wild animals to make your kids enter the fiesta spirit. Gilda has been colouring faces since last year’s Comida Fest, in several schools around London, conventions and various birthday parties in west London. Only for kids? Of course not, get glowing for £5, babes.

11:30h - 12:30h
Kids piñata workshop and game with Piñata Tomalo

Boy-hitting-pinata-GettyImages-473042962-589010355f9b5874ee94dc8aThe history of Piñatas travels beyond borders from North to South America. In this fun workshop your kids will learn techniques to create and decorate your own Piñata.  The game piñata is traditional in all Latin America, with the eyes shut you need to hit the break the piñata to win the surprises inside!

12:30h - 13:15h
SALSA open class with Amie Connelly
Incognito Dance Company

Teaching1Amie Connelly representing Incognito Dance will fill the afternoon with some moves. Her first workshop is the most loved SALSA. The workshop is for all levels from the total beginner to the highly skilled advanced dancer and performer. Absolute beginners are warmly welcomed, no partners are required, the atmosphere is fun and friendly during the classes and freestyle social dancing.

Amie is a dancer, model and choreographer who has worked in award shows, stage shows, and music videos, she has also appeared in TV and film in the UK and in Bollywood in India. She traveled the works dancing living and working in New York, Greece, Thailand, Hong Kong, Germany and India. Trained in various styles of dance including Jazz, street, Contemporary, Belly dance, Bollywood, and various Latin styles. In the last few years Amie has embarked on the Latin scene in London and New York. Currently performing with her dance company Synergy, and teaching for Incognito dance in London and guest teaching in various places she continues to inspire everyone to love dancing.

Incognito Dance Company is famous in London for its various courses, workshops and social dancing packed nights in West London. Incognito Dance have won many prestigious awards and over the last 16 years, some of the IDC instructors have competed in and won,  World Championships, European Open Championships, South American World Ranking Tournaments, Asian-Pacific Dance Competition and Canadian Latin Open Championships.

13:15 - 17:30h (various set times)
DJ Lewis Robinson (Mais Um Discos)

IMG_8372“What Mais Um Discos is doing in Brazil is amazing” – Gilles Peterson
Lewis is the founder of Mais Um Discos, one of the most influential record labels promoting the new sounds of Brazil with artists such as Elza Soares, Dona Onete, Lucas Santtana, Metá Metá and Bixiga 70. The label has received coverage in newspapers such as the Guardian, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Le Monde as well as support from various BBC radio DJs such as Gilles Peterson, Cerys Matthews and Late Junction’s Max Reinhardt who said that Mais Um Discos has “changed the whole perception of what Brazilian music is in the UK”. Lewis will be spinning eclectic sounds from across Brazil.

13:45h - 14:00h
Dance Show with Atlachinolli Aztec Dancers from Mexico

atlachinolliAtlachinolli Aztec Dancers from Mexico was born in early 2012 and have performed at the British Museum in 2016, London Big Dance Festival (subsequently being featured in Channel 4’s documentary about the festival), Latin America Week at the Institute of Education, Native Spirit Festival,UK Universities and many other events including the Mexico Independence day festival in Oxford House and the Ritual to the Moon at the Bolivar Hall to name a few.

14:15h - 15:15h
Mariachi Fiesta - Live Band

MariachiMariachi means FIESTA, and these guys rocked Comida Fest in 2016 so they are back with a repertoire from the classic Mexican songs to the Latin world hits that we all will sing together!

15:45 - 16:30h
BACHATA dance open class with Amie Connelly
Incognito Dance Company

9920The powerful Amie Connelly returns to the stage for the second dance workshop of the day and this is BACHATA. Bachata is a style of social dance from the Dominican Republic which is now danced all over the world. Get that date or that over excited friend to come and learn some steps and soften up the hip. Bachata is very fun and easy!

Read Amie’s bio and Incognito Dance Company info in the dance workshop above.

17:30h - 18:30h
Jesus Cutiño - Live Band

1497337_origBorn in Cuba, Jesus has been playing since young age compsing his first song when he was 16. He has been a mariachi, played in 14 piece bands and was a crucial musician in Havana. When Jesus was 23 he moved to London, to become the ambassador for Cuban music, having played with icons of the Latin music and in prestigious venues and festivals around the world including the Festival International de Montreal (Canada), Fuji Rock (Japan), the various WOMAD Festivals (UK, Australia, New Zealand, Sevilla, Canary Islands), Glastonbury (UK), Roskilde (Denmark) and the Nobel Peace Price ceremony in 2005, to name a few.

18:30h - 20:00h
DJ Cal Jader (Movimientos)

20157443_1392396637503766_6616660078125339287_oThe man behind Movimientos keeps bringing excellent Latin American music nights across London and in various festivals such as Womad, Glastonbury! He has played around the world and compiled loads of CDs. His sets bring people together with the freshest Latin and global sounds, combining classic rhythms with contemporary cutting-edge and urban beats with a London twist.

 

Sunday 17 Sept.
11:00h - 18:00h

On our very last festival of the Summer Season 2017, Comida Fest keep the promise of delivering our mission to make you experience Latin American without leaving London, bringing stories, colours, tastes, music and dance from the whole of Latin America! But we are also taking a lucky winner + 1 to Colombia and we will announce the winner LIVE on Sunday afternoon! Come celebrate with us!

11:00h - 18:00h
Kids: Face painting
£5

Comida Fest SS17 Greenwich all-290Gilda Silva is from Brazil and will bring the tropical colours and wild animals to make your kids enter the fiesta spirit. Gilda has been colouring faces since last year’s Comida Fest, in several schools around London, conventions and various birthday parties in west London. Only for kids? Of course not, get glowing for £5, babes.

12:00h - 12:45h
Kids - Spanish sing along
La Pajara Pinta

Comida Fest SS17 Greenwich all-169La Pajara Pinta, Spanish Sing Along is a 45 minutes session for children and their families.  The Session’s emphasis is on traditional games, songs, rhymes, poems, and stories, from Latin American countries.  Using a story telling format, the session aims to provide a combination of activities having music as an anchor. This year, our major theme is environmental awareness and the importance of protecting our fragile planet, its fauna and its people. Through the Latin American rhythms the session brings out the cultural and natural diversity of a continent critical to the environmental well being of our vulnerable planet today and in the years ahead.

12:45h - 17:00h (various set times)
DJ Larissa Schlei (Udigrudi) - Resident DJ

13498085_1756678891213840_2593912294425090556_oLarissa has been doing parties in East/North London since 2007, she runs Udigrudi inspired in a slang which was depicted as the counter-culture movement of Recife, Brazil in the 70′s. She has playes in several events and venues in London including Passing Clouds, Made in Brasil and Comida Fest, festivals and in France and Germany most recently. She plays tropical electronica rare grooves, rock ‘n’ roll, samba, ska, funk, soul, batucadas, dub, hip hop maracatu, old skool, afro nagô, pacífico beats in a precious traveled music collection she owns.

13:15h - 14:00h
Luz Elena Caicedo & Matices Latino - Live

21392947_10155530082890821_1679941290_oLuz Elena Caicedo is from Cali is one of London’s most accomplished and versatile Latin American singers, as well as an experienced Latin folk dancer. The charismatic Colombian fronts Matices Latinos and has worked as  backing singer for Salsa international stars such as Adalberto Santiago (Fania), Jose Mangual Junior, Henry Fiol, Cano Estremera, Luisito Carrion, Maelo Ruiz, Pedro Arroyo, and Tito Nieves. With her distinctive clear and bright voice Luz Elena’s singing is full of passion and feeling, and her personal, intimate and rhythmic approach to the Latin American song book has lead her to great acclaim within the World music circuit.

‘Matices Latinos’ is a contemporary Latin Ensamble with an infectious, rhythmic and authentic approach to the Latin American repertoire. Led by captivating Colombian singer Luz Elena Caicedo, and musically directed by master multi percussionist Wilmer Sifontes from Venezuela, who are renowned for their border hopping style, whilst delivering an array of different musical styles, from countries such as Cuba, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, and Argentina. Some of their performances include The Royal Albert Hall Cafe Consortt, The National Theatre, St. Ethelbuglias, Pizza in The Park, The Purcell Room, The Green Note in Camden and private functions at Merriscourt in Sarsden and City Hall.

 

14:30h - 15:15h
Zumba class! Open & Free

12017624_10153644656696948_7120386862856123470_oBorn and raised in São Paulo, Brazil into a passionate family who shares a deep-seeded love for the arts. She has been dancing for as long as she can remember, and believes in the power of music, meditation and movement to create connection with oneself and with others. Her classes are inclusive to all skill and experience levels; encouraging an authentic and open atmosphere for participants of any age to express themselves without judgement. Recently, she has chosen to devote her teachings to both the elderly and London youth; using dance as a method to create inspiration and equanimity amongst humans of all ages and races.

What is Zumba?

Zumba involves dance and aerobic movements performed to Latin energetic beats. The choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo. Approximately 15 million people take weekly Zumba classes in over 200,000 locations across 180 countries. Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez during the 1990s.

15:45h - 16:00h
Dance Show with Yurupari Grupo Folklorico

And celebrating Colombia and our competition, we welcome Yurupari Grupo Folklorico, ambassadors of Latin American dance folklore since 1988. They performed for many private and public events, on television, plays and represent Colombia and Latin America in various countries in Europe.  We can’t wait!

17:00h - COMPETITION WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT - watch it live on Facebook 😉

17:10h - 18:00h
Let Drum Beat - Live

12823494_805568766242840_8280533069164104738_oLet Drum Beat are a unique all female band that use their vast set of Afro-Brazilian percussion to create energetic and paced rhythms, passing through vocal harmonies, singing in Portuguese and also using Tupi-Guarani words. They combining their Afro-Latin-Brazilian heritage and musical traditions to create original pieces led by a wide diversity of acoustic sounds from bells to heavy drums, energetic and paced rhythms, vocal melodies, bass lines and spontaneous dance.

Traders

Comida Fest is proud to work with some of the best Latin American street food traders in London as well as to give opportunities for new businesses. This year we have a range representing many countries with exclusive menus so you can taste and discover as many different things as you wish!

Partners

We are a start up, we are building this community from the roots, and we are really thankful for the businesses and organisations that support Comida Fest Summer Season 2017!